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Technological Innovations that are Shaping the Healthcare Industry Today
In the past few years, the world has witnessed a massive contribution of technology in revamping the healthcare sector. Disruptive technologies like AI, internet of medical things (IoMT), blockchain technology, and telemedicine are some of the prime trends that are transforming the way care is delivered. Today, the demand for telemedicine, which is a great way to bridge the gap between physicians and patients, is growing.
A recent survey by The Advisory Board Company shows that 77 percent of consumers prefer receiving healthcare virtually. Whether it is a clinical interaction with a physician, reminders for medication, or receiving daily advice on how to manage an ongoing health issue, patients prefer interacting virtually because telemedicine offers improved access to providers, greater efficiency, and flexibility.
AI, which is still in its infancy, also holds significant promise for the healthcare industry. Patients can use AI-based applications to schedule doctor appointments depending on the severity of the symptoms, monitor the health statuses, and help doctors and physicians stay informed about patients’ medical conditions.
One example is Cerebro, a free, easy-to-use online platform driven by AI that offers a faster, responsive healthcare labor marketplace, which connects healthcare facilities with verified, ready-to-work clinicians [nurse staffing]. The platform also enables clinicians to find and request shifts according to their convenience.
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Blockchain in healthcare is another emerging trend. Critical information is scattered across multiple systems and sometimes, it may not be accessible when needed the most. This is where blockchain technology comes in and provides a decentralized record system for health information exchanges (HIE). It makes the electronic medical records much more efficient, and secure. IoMT offers healthcare providers with actual data to identify issues before they become critical. It is a connected infrastructure of medical devices and software applications (which are connected through Wi-fi) that communicates with various healthcare IT systems.
The benefits of IoMT include smart automation of workflows—drive accuracy in patient data collection, reduce system costs, cut down on waste, and produce reliable results; precision medicine—cancer treatment monitoring, human genome sequencing, genetic screening; objective reporting that specifies the disease progression.
Though the healthcare industry reacts to changes in a gradual way, down the line, more organizations will start adopting new technologies and innovate to gain a leading edge. Healthcare institutions will shift to a new outcome-based care approach that includes active collaboration between all participants of the value chain to create cost-effective and patient-focused medical systems.
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